Civil Hearts (Haunted Voices) by Claire Gem and Giveaway

This book means business. The story is great, I’m an adopted southern girl who LOVES reading of books set in the South, but it’s not what makes me want to read this book. It’s the Hero, and the Heroine who stays at his side.

The book is Civil Hearts (Haunted Voices) by Claire Gem, and let me introduce it to you like this.

In a world of alpha, supercool men, strong, successful in their manly endeavor (and don’t get me wrong, I DO love them and their stories) this Hero feels different. He had health issues, something that doesn’t come across often in books and messed up with his marriage; his job is far from the excitement and drama of law enforcement. He’s a normal man, dealing with the craps life deals sometimes. I’m already half in love with him, and I don’t even know him…. But I will, because he’s going straight int my Kindle.

He’s the main reason why I’ll get this book, but not the only. The fact that the Heroine will stay with him, is happy with him despite his disease (or so I hope, otherwise there’s going to be trouble from me) is something that eases the knot I always carry in my heart. I have MS, so I know how it is to live with unpredictable crap. And I know my husband is, sometimes, the one who carries the bigger weight of it. Not because sometimes I need more help, or I don’t feel like going out. The point is, he loves me and wants me to be okay, always. Sometimes, I simply can’t, and I see how that hits him hard.

All this to say I love this story, and I can’t wait to read how these two people who have dynamics so similar to my own deal with it.

The Author of the book Claire, takes over the blog today and all I have to do is providing you links to buy the book or get in touch with Claire.


All that being said, Claire, are you ready? GO! My blog is yours!

Thank you, Viviana, for hosting me on your blog today! I’m excited to announce my new release, CIVIL HEARTS, is now available for both Kindle and in paperback. There’s an interesting story behind the story . . . but first, here’s the blurb:

 He’s a sexy Southern gentleman—with epilepsy. She’s a widow scarred from her husband’s brain cancer. Her new home is haunted by a Confederate soldier—and she’s a Yankee.

 A widow with no family, web designer Liv Larson yearns for big change. After all, she can work from anywhere, right? Why not throw a dart at the map? She heads out of the big city for the rural South and falls in love as soon as she arrives—with the Belle Bride, an abandoned antebellum mansion.

Heath Barrow loves his country life, managing his antiques store in sleepy Camellia. But he’s lonely, and his condition—epilepsy—makes life uncertain. It’s already cost him a marriage. A new medication and the new girl in town have his heart hopeful again.

Sparks fly between Heath and Liv. But his first seizure sends Liv into a tailspin. Its mimics those her husband suffered before he died . . .

To make matters worse, Liv discovers she’s not living alone. Her challenge? Dealing with a Confederate soldier, one who clearly resents his Yankee roommate—even though he’s been dead for over a hundred and fifty years.

You can buy your copy of CIVIL HEARTS here: https://amzn.to/2G0Rm22

The book trailer (which I had a blast putting together, by the way!) is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fooGwny0ZJQ



The idea for Civil Hearts came to me in a dream. Believe it or not, this is how a LOT of my story ideas come to me, but there is a shred of true history here. Years ago, when my kids were still little, my husband and I fancied moving to central Alabama, where some friends of ours had relocated. We took a trip there, loved the countryside and the low cost of living.

A realtor took us around to look at a few homes—and one of them was a dead ringer for the Belle Bride. The memories of walking through that abandoned antebellum home have been buried in my subconscious for years. I got a funny, tingly sensation as we toured the lovely but poorly cared for old home, as if someone were watching us. And there was an old barn out back where I caught sight of something, some movement, I never did identify.

We didn’t move to Alabama, and I forgot about that chapter in my life. Until I dreamed about it. Only this time, there was a Confederate soldier pounding on the front door. A ghostly one.

In Civil Hearts, my hero is epileptic. I tend to address some of life’s more serious issues in my novels: the hero in Spirits of the Heart is an alcoholic; the heroine in The Phoenix Syndrome goes deaf. I think it’s important for authors to portray life as it really is, even in the romantic fairy tales we create. It’s one of the reasons I endeavor to evoke more emotion in my readers.


I hope you enjoy Liv and Heath’s journey, and I’d love if you’d sign up for my Author-Reader group so you’re the first to know when the next Haunted Voices, SIRENS OF SALT, will be released later this summer.

Thank you again, Viviana, for hosting me today. I’d like to offer a giveaway to three random commenters – e-copies of ANY of my novels! So stop by and say hello. I’ll be announcing the winner of the giveaway one week from today, April 17th—in my Author-Reader newsletter! If you want to find out if you’re the winner, sign up today here: http://eepurl.com/burn4f

Claire_200x300Claire Gem’s Bio:

Claire is a multi-published, award winning author of six titles in the genres of contemporary romance, supernatural suspense, and women’s fiction. She also writes Author Resource guide books and presents seminars on writing craft and marketing.

Her supernatural suspense, Hearts Unloched, won the 2016 New York Book Festival, and was a finalist in the 2017 RONE Awards. Also in 2017, her women’s fiction, The Phoenix Syndrome, was a finalist in the National Reader’s Choice Awards, and her contemporary romance, A Taming Season, was a Literary Award of Merit finalist in the HOLT Medallion Awards. Her latest release, Spirits of the Heart, was a finalist in the 2017 “I Heart Indie Awards.”

Creating cross-genre fiction she calls “supernatural suspense,” Claire loves exploring the paranormal and the unexplained, and holds a certificate in Parapsychology from the Rhine Research Center of Duke University.

A New York native, Claire has lived in five of the United States and held a variety of jobs, from waitress to bridal designer to research technician—but loves being an author best. She and her happily-ever-after hero, her husband of 39 years, now live in central Massachusetts.

 Media Links

 Website:                     http://www.clairegem.com

Blogs:                          http://www.clairegem.wordpress.com


Facebook:                    http://www.facebook.com/clairegem.author

Twitter:                       http://www.twitter.com/gemwriter

Goodreads:                 https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8284235.Claire_Gem

Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/2nabvbm

Youtube Channel:        https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCO-vB7WDZhEQ8U4YpC937ng





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